vox.com - 6 days ago
If John McCain were uninsured, his surgery could have cost $76,000
The fate of the GOP’s health reform plan right now hinges on Sen. John McCain’s recovery from a blood clot surgery.
It’s also the perfect reminder of just how critical insurance can be — and how much protection from health emergencies Americans stand to lose with the Better Care Act, the Senate Republicans’ plan to dismantle Obamacare. According to a press release from McCain’s office, the senator had a craniotomy to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14, at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s now “recovering comfortably at home.” This weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he’d delay the vote on the contentious Better Care Act until the Arizona Republican had returned to the Hill and could vote to start debate on the bill. (McConnell needs all the supportive votes he can get.) There are at least four deeply ironic things about McCain’s health scare: 1) As Vox’s Dylan Scott explained, nothing less than a health emergency has thrown the GOP’s health reform plan into disarray. 2) The senator’s blood clot was discovered during a routine physical, which is exactly the type of preventive service Obamacare expanded and the Better Care Act could curtail.
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